UPDATE: Voting for Oscar nominations begins Monday at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern. See below for the press release.
The Motion Picture Academy sent out a list today of 282 films they say are eligible for Best Picture. They include “Here Comes the Boom” and “Paranormal Activity 4.” But seriously there are like 20 films or so on any real list. Here they are:
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Zero Dark Thirty
The Dark Knight Rises
Rust and Bone
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
TO 5,856 ACADEMY VOTERS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Nominations voting for the 85th Academy Awards® will open at 8 a.m. PT, Monday, December 17, for the 5,856 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Members will have until 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, January 3, 2013, to vote electronically or mail in a paper ballot. Any paper ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
Nominations and final Awards ballots will be tabulated and verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are accurate and secure.
This will be the first year the Academy is providing its membership the opportunity to vote electronically. Several voting resources will be available to members, including assisted voting stations in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a 24-hour support call center during voting periods.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.